D’you know, when I proposed using 30-pound propane bottles for the Secret Lair’s cookstove, some people argued that that would never work? I couldn’t imagine why not, this is one of the poorest counties in the continental U.S., lots of people live out their lives in old RV trailers and are happy to have 30-pound bottles with a little pressure in’em. In fact I was just finishing up my stay in an old RV trailer, five winters long, and though I won’t say propane supply was always the least of my troubles it was only because that was a symptom of my overall transport troubles. Those little portable bottles worked fine.
What I really worried about, though I mostly kept it to myself, was that while building the Lair I did an awful lot of scrounging and improvising. Doing that with propane is a good way to get blowed up.
Every opportunity I’ve had to learn something about how propane plumbing is supposed to run, as opposed to the way I learned to run it, I took. Every opportunity I had in the next few years to improve the Lair’s propane infrastructure, I made. These days – I can’t even believe I’m saying this – it actually meets code. Even though having two separate sources for the two propane outlets is a little weird, it wouldn’t fail an inspection. Not a single rotting rubber hose anywhere.
I’ve got a couple of nice regulators, one of which has a plastic dome that will turn milky with too much exposure to the sun even though it’s made for an outdoor application. And I thought, as a final crowning touch to celebrate finishing the space heater’s plumbing, I ought to make it a little sun awning.